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Report on Dried and Pickled Fish Exported and Entitled to Drawback, 5 January 1792

Report on Dried and Pickled Fish
Exported and Entitled to Drawback

Treasury Department Jany. 5. 1792.
[Communicated on January 6, 1792]1

[To the President of the Senate]

The Secretary of the Treasury in obedience to the order of the Senate of the 28th. Ultimo.2

Respectfully Reports.

That it appears, as in the statement No. 1 herewith transmitted,3 that the allowance in lieu of a drawback on dried and pickled fish, which was exported prior to the 31st. December 1790, amounts to 10,582 dollars, that the quantum of bounty actually paid on the exportation of dried and pickled fish from the 1st. of January 1791 to the 30th September last so far as the returns from the Collectors have been received appears as in the statement No. 2,4 to be 3,934 dollars and 55 cents, but that the deficiencies of the Custom House returns render it impossible at this time correctly to exhibit either the amount of what has accrued prior to the 30th September last, or in the course of the year 1791.

The Secretary conceiving it may tend to elucidate the subject under consideration, also transmits the statement No. 3,5 of the drawback on the foreign fish exported since the commencement of the impost Act of 17896 and the statement No. 47 of the bounty on dried and pickled fish of the United States which is known to have accrued, but which is not yet payable, together with a Note8 of the expences incidental to the exportation of the fish comprehended in the four statements, and he begs leave to remark that the return of exports for 13½ Months ending on the 30th September 1790 contains 378,721 quintals of dried fish and 36,804 barrels of pickled fish, including as well the produce of foreign fisheries, as of the bank, bay and river fisheries of the United States.

Alexander Hamilton
Secy of the Treasury.

Copy, RG 46, Reports from Heads of Departments, Vol. 1, National Archives.

1Annals of Congress, I description begins The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature (Washington, 1834–1849). description ends II, 56. The communicating letter may be found in RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives.

2The Senate “Ordered, That the Secretary of the Treasury be requested to certify the quantum of allowance in lieu of drawback on exported, dried, and pickled fish, which hath been paid under ‘the act for laying a duty on goods, wares, and merchandises, imported into the United States,’ of the 4th of July, 1789. And also the quantum of bounty paid on the exportation of dried or pickled fish, under ‘the act for making further provision for the payment of the debts of the United States,’ of the 10th of August, 1790” (Annals of Congress, I description begins The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature (Washington, 1834–1849). description ends II, 53).

3Statement No. 1 is entitled “Statement of the Quantum of allowance in lieu of a Drawback on exported Dried and Pickled Fish from the commencement of the Act to 31st. December 1790.” This enclosure, dated January 3, 1792, and signed by Joseph Nourse, may be found in RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives. It is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Commerce and Navigation, I, 48.

4Statement No. 2 is entitled “Statement of the Quantum of Bounty paid on the exportation of Dried and Pickled Fish under the Act of 4th. August 1790 from the 1st. January 1791 to the 30th September following (so far as Accounts have been rendered).” This enclosure, dated January 3, 1792, and signed by Joseph Nourse, may be found in RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives. It is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Commerce and Navigation, I, 49.

5Statement No. 3 is entitled “Statement shewing the number of Quintals and Barrels of Dried and Pickled Foreign Fish exported from the United States with the amount of the Drawback allowed thereon.” This enclosure, dated January 3, 1792, and signed by Joseph Nourse, may be found in RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives. It is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Commerce and Navigation, I, 49.

6See Section 3 of “An Act for laying a Duty on Goods, Wares, and Merchandises imported into the United States” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 24–27 [July 4, 1789]).

7Statement No. 4 is entitled “Statement shewing the number of Quintals and barrells of dried and pickled Fish exported from the United States, on which no bounty is payable until six months after exportation.” This enclosure, which is misdated “Jany 3. 1791,” may be found in RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury, National Archives. It is printed in ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Commerce and Navigation, I, 49.

8A note at the end of this letter reads as follows:

“Note. The following expences incidental to the exportation of dried and pickled fish appear by calculation to be as near the amount as can be ascertained. Vizt.

Dolls. Cents.
For weighing 291,721½ quintals at 2 cents per Cwt. 5,834. 43
Inspection of Do. Do. Do 4,375. 82.
Do 17.672½ barrels at 1½ Cent per Bbl. 265. 08.
Dollars 10,475. 33.”

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